Written by attorney Britt N. Burner

Do I Need a Health Care Proxy

: It is a good idea to have a health care proxy. A health care proxy is a document signed by you with two witnesses that names agents to make medical decisions for you if a doctor says that you do not have the mental capacity to make those decisions for yourself. You can only name one agent to act at a time, but you can designate successor agents who will act if the first person named becomes unavailable or unwilling to act. It is very important that your health care proxy states that your agent knows your wishes regarding artificial nutrition and hydration so that they may make end of life decisions on your behalf.

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